actually they are not violating the gpl
you can customize the "look" of boxee box - but cannot remake the firmware since it's signed....
if anyone is reading this - i believe the best method of approach is to access it's boot console (i believe it uses redboot) - method i have tried is direct ethernet connection and the boxee box is at 192.168.0.1 port 9000 - usually you access the console by hitting ctrl+c - i haven't tried ctrl+a though (i found ctrl+a within an iso file - for minicom) - the ctrl+alt+del seems to "freeze" or pause the boxee box.... and no i cannot check at the moment... lol
there is a 2-second window only for the redboot however, i can't find it
oh, and curious as this is:
build by root@bamboo-agent-13-ota on Fri, 02 Mar 2012 05:36:33 +0000
# this is preflight.
# dump kernel
logger -t bxrec.preflight -s -p 0 "dd'ing kernel"
dd conv=sync if=/dev/spectra of=/tmp/kernel.img bs=256k skip=20 count=12
# hash it
logger -t bxrec.preflight -s -p 0 "hashing kernel"
kmdfive=$(md5sum /tmp/kernel.img | cut -f 1 -d " ")
logger -t bxrec.preflight -s -p 0 "kernel md5 hash is $kmdfive"
# if version 1 kernel, copy kernel.1 to kernel.img
# if version 2 kernel (hatung), copy kernel.2 to kernel.img
# else unknown kernel, use dumped version and note hash in mr. wong for support pickup
case $kmdfive in
"9f2ed11d55a3750019d019470212bf36") cp /tmp/upgrade_iso/kernel.1 /tmp/kernel.img;;
"a81c639b7c21d98fdde0b55d4e5356c1") logger -t bxrec.preflight -s -p 0 "doing nothing, this IS kernel.1";;
"d2ed7f9be38c0e0590a5680febd27502") cp /tmp/upgrade_iso/kernel.2 /tmp/kernel.img;;
"68777d9a8fede193ed434cf9a9cd3495") logger -t bxrec.preflight -s -p 0 "doing nothing, this IS kernel.2";;
*) echo $kmdfive >/data/.persistent/.mrwong/boxee.khash;;
logger -t bxrec.preflight -s -p 0 "sync'ing"
logger -t bxrec.preflight -s -p 0 "and we're outta here"
anyway... without accessing the box itself before it loads it's internal normal.img (ext2) and dlink_boxee_runtime.img (squashfs) - you are sol
the boxeeplus community is at least "hacking" - so does this mean boxee company is finally getting hacker interest?